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Fifteenth edition of Sahara Marathon kicked off today

Smara (refugee camps), Feb 23, 2015 (SPS) - The 15th edition of Sahara Marathon, annual international sport demonstration, on Tuesday kicked off in the Saharawi refugee camps, with the participation of 580 Saharawi and international runners from 30 countries in the world.

The Marathon started from the Wilaya of El Aaiun towards Smara, Saharawi refugee camps.

This year’s edition is dedicated to shedding light on the Saharawi children’s rights.

Peaceful demonstration in occupied Smara demanding Saharawi people’s self-determination

Smara (occupied territories), Feb 23, 2015 (SPS) - Dozens Saharawi civilians on Sunday poured into the streets of the occupied city of Smara to demand right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.

The demonstrators also condemned Crans Montana Forum’s decision to hold its next session in the occupied city of Dajla, denouncing the pillaging of Saharawi natural resources by Kosmos Energy and several other foreign companies in total collusion with Moroccan occupying state.

Saharawi political prisoner Mbarek Daodi to enter hunger strike in protest of Crans Montana Forum

Sale (Rabat), Feb 23, 2015 (SPS) - The Saharawi political prisoner, Mbarek Daoudi, has decided to enter a new open-ended hunger strike as from March 1st in protest of Crans Montana Forum’s intention to hold its annual seminar in the occupied Saharawi city of Dajla.

Mbarek Dadoudi, waiting to be tried since 2013, aims through his hunger strike to show his rejection to the holding of the Crans Montana Forum.

Minister of Public Health receives WHO representative in Algeria

Chahid El Hafed (refugee camps), Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - The Minister of Public Health, Mr. Mohamed Lamin Daddi, received Sunday at his office in Chahid Al Hafed, Saharawi refugee camps, the representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Algeria, Bah Keita.

The audience was attended by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Mohamed Sidahmed, health director in Spain, Mohamed Fadel, and the person in charge of communicable and non-communicable diseases, Ms. Khalifi.

Algerian President receives Christopher Ross

Algiers, Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - President of the People’s Republic of Algeria, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, received Sunday in Algiers the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, who is on a visit to Algeria as part of a tour in the region.

The meeting was attended by Algeria Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra and Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Mr. Abdelkader Messahel. (SPS)

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UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara received by Algerian Premier

Algiers, Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Mr. Christopher Ross, on Sunday received in Algiers by Algeria Prime Minister, Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister’s office announced.

At this meeting, the two sides “assessed the process of settlement of the Western Sahara issue in accordance with international law,” said the source.

Saharawi delegation attends 18th meeting of mine risk awareness in Geneva

Geneva, Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - At the invitation of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Coordinator of the Saharawi Mine Action Coordination Office, Mr. Samu Ammu Dih, took part at the 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisors, convened from 16th to Friday 19th February 2015 in Geneva.

Governor of Awserd praises Not Forgotten International’s work in Saharawi refugee camps

Awserd, Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - The Governor of Awserd, Mr. Salek Baba Hasanna, on Saturday praised the work done by the U.S. non-governmental organization “Not Forgotten International” to consolidate solidarity and humanitarian action in the Saharawi refugee camps.

In a meeting with the ONG Executive Director Ms. Janet Lenz, the official hailed the efforts being made by the Organization to consolidate solidarity and humanitarian action for Saharawi refugees.

WSAF starts campaign for incorporation of human rights component within MINURSO

London, Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - The Western Sahara Action Forum (WSAF) on Thursday began a campaign pressurizing the UN Security Council to fulfill its responsibility to supervise a free and fair referendum that will allow the Sahrawi people to express their inalienable right to self-determination.

With the annual renewal of its mandate due in April, WSAF wants to call on the MINURSO (UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) to keep the peace by protecting the Sahrawis from human rights abuses.

Cooperation Minister denounces Spain’s double-standard policy on Saharawi issue

Madrid, Feb 22, 2015 (SPS) - The Minister of Cooperation, Mr. Brahim Mojtar, has called on the Spanish government to stop pursuing a double standard policy towards the question of Western Sahara, in a meeting with the general director of cooperation in the Canary Island’s regional government.

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